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Dams in Kerala
Dams in Kerala are utilised for generation of hydro electricity and also serve irrigational purposes. Kerala has numerous dams through out the state.
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 Malampuzha Dam, Kerala Dams in Kerala are well known for their beautiful architectural design and building components. Kerala is known for its natural beauty and here several dams are constructed to check the flow of water and also for the generation of hydroelectricity. Banasura Sagar Dam started in 1979, holds its waters in the Karamanathodu tributary. Chalakudy Dam is built across the Chalakudy River in the district of Thrissur in Kerala. Also known as the Sholayar Dam, it lies at a distance of 65 km to the east of Chalakudy town. Peechi Dam is a popular place for the arrangement of picnic, situated at a distance of 23 kilometres from Thrissur District. This dam project was initially built as an irrigation project but later also catered to the drinking water requirements of the region. Another biggest dam of Kerala is Vazhani dam, which is made out of clay. It serves irrigation and drinking purposes.

Malampuzha Dam in Kerala
Malampuzha Dam is another major dam of Kerala situated near Palakkad. In fact it is the largest reservoir of the state and is one of the major places of tourist attraction. The Malampuzha Dam is an arrangement of a masonry dam, which is 1,849 metres in length and an earthen dam that is 220 metres in length. Its total height is 6,066 feet. The construction of the project was initiated in 1949 and was over by the year 1955. The canal systems supply water for the irrigation of the farm lands, while the reservoir takes care of the drinking water requirements of Palakkad and a number of nearby villages.

Mangalam Dam in Kerala
Mangalam Dam that is located across Cherukunnapuzha River was originally built with the objective of providing irrigational water in the region. The construction work of the canal systems for the purpose of irrigation were over and started to function in the year 1966, in the Alathur taluk of the district of Palakkad in south Indian state of Kerala. Mangalam Dam is located near Palakkad. The main objective behind its construction was storage of water for producing hydroelectricity.

Banasura Sagar Dam in Kerala
Banasura Sagar Dam, KeralaThe Banasura Sagar Dam is a part of the Indian Banasurasagar Project which was initiated in the year 1979. The project consists of a canal and a dam project. The main aim of the project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and cater to the demands and requirements of the irrigation and drinking water in areas having the problem of water scarcity in seasonal dry periods. The Banasura Sagar Dam is situated at a distance of about 21 km from Kalpetta, in Wayanad District.

Peechi Dam in Kerala
Another notable dam in Kerala is the Peechi Dam which is also one of the oldest dams in the state of Kerala. It is situated at a distance of 23 kilometers from Thrissur. The Peechi Dam project firstly came up as a project of irrigation, but afterwards the project catered to the drinking water requirements of the people living in the region. The reservoir of this dam provides boating facilities to the visitors, which encourages more number of tourists to visit this place to enjoy boating and the natural beauty of the surrounding.

Idukki Dam in Kerala
Idukki Dam stands across Periyar River. It is one of the highest arch dams in Asia. The Idukki Arch Dam in Kerala is constructed over the River Periyar, in the canyon lying between the Kuravan and Kurathi Hills in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Idukki Dam rises to an elevation of 167.68 meters and is one of Asia's highest arch dams.

Kundala Dam in Kerala
Next is Kundala Dam, which is located at around 20 km from Munnar. The dam benefits the entire Kundala town. Parambikulam Dam is situated very close to the Udumalaipettai city. This dam is planned in the form of an embankment dam over Parambikulam River in Palakkad District.

Walayar Dam stands across the Walayar River. Parambikulam Dam in Kerala is well-known as one of the premium dams in India and also as one of the best embankment dams in the entire world in volume capacity as documented in 2000.

Another major dam in Kerala is the Mullaperiyar Dam which was constructed over the headwaters of the Periyar River. Neyyar Dam of Kerala was founded in the year 1958 in Thiruvananthapuram district. The district of Thrissur in the state of Kerala holds the Vazhani dam which is one of the biggest dams in the state made purely of clay. Siruvani Dam is located close to Coiampatoor and Kanjhirapuzha dam in Kerela. Meenkara Dam is built across the River Meenkara, which is a sub-tributary of Gayathripuzha. The dam is situated in the district of Palakkad in Kerala.

The Chulliyar Dam is a place of amazing beauty and pleasure for the tourists and is located in Muthalamada Panchayat in Palakkad. This dam provides water to the nearby villages. Walayar Dam is another popular dam of Kerala. The construction work of the dam was completed in 1964 and in the same year it started to function. It is the primary source of irrigation in the entire surrounding areas. Situated in the Palakkad District of Kerala, the Kanjirapuzha Dam is an attractive dam, enfolded by hills.

Dams in Kerala are the major source of water for the irrigation and for drinking purposes. Water in the reservoirs of the Kerala dams also provides drinking water to the close by areas. Most of the sites of dams in the state of Kerala are favourable tourist destinations.

(Last Updated on : 22/02/2012)
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